The game is first suspended and then definitively stopped. The perpetrator of the gesture identified and arrested
The most anticipated match of the 14th day of Ligue 1 lasted just 4 ‘. Lyon-Marseille was interrupted when a bottle thrown from the curve of the home fans hit the Marseillaise Dimitri Payet in the head who was about to kick a corner. The playmaker collapsed and then returned like all the other players of both teams to the locker room, on the orders of referee Ruddy Buquet. Only after an hour and a quarter, at 22.01, was the intention to resume. But at 22.42, another message from the speaker to formalize the definitive interruption instead. Even if the stands were actually already practically empty.
In short, it was an evening to forget. Starting from 4 ‘when a fan, out of 56 thousand present, threw a plastic bottle hitting Payet. The man was then identified and arrested. Also for this reason, the president of Lyon, Jean-Michel Aulas was convinced that he could recover in safe conditions. Referee Buquet, however, was against it, at least from a strictly sporting point of view, as pointed out by the president of Marseille, Pablo Longoria, and the referee himself at the end of the evening. The decision to return to the field, announced after an hour and a quarter of waiting, was also taken for reasons of public order. Although in a tweet, at 22.02, the local prefecture recalled that the decision rested instead with the referee. Contradicted, however, 20 ‘by a press release from the League which reminded that the prefect and the local club decide instead.
In the meantime, the Lyon players returned to the field to warm up, and then returned to the locker room again, after about ten minutes, as those of Marseille demanded that the referee Buquet come to check the psychological conditions of Payet, very shaken from the aggression suffered. And only at 22.42, the definitive interruption was made official, even if in the meantime most of the spectators had already left. Tomorrow, the League specified, the Disciplinary Commission will meet urgently, also because it is the sixth similar episode since the beginning of the season in Ligue 1. At the end of August, Marseille had refused to return to the field in Nice, after always Payet had been targeted by local ultras. Pending any sanctions, the only sure thing is that they all lost tonight.
November 21, 2021 (change November 21, 2021 | 23:55)
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